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3.8% Tax: What’s True, What’s Not

October 10, 2012: 

Ever since health care reform was enacted into law more than two years ago, rumors have been circulating on the Internet and in e-mails that the law contains a 3.8 percent tax on real estate.

How to Lower Your 2012 Tax Bill

October 9, 2012: 

There's still time to reduce your 2012 tax bill. Find out what deductions should consider taking advantage of this year.

More Americans Say Walking Out on Mortgage OK

October 9, 2012: 

"If Americans carry on with that mindset, it will continue to cause problems as the economy undergoes a slow recovery," says a senior analyst at JZ Analytics about alarming results from a recent poll on strategic default.

Scammers Post Fake REO Rentals on Craigslist

October 9, 2012: 

Freddie Mac's fraud unit is teaming up with real estate professionals who list HomeSteps homes to sniff out bogus rental ads of REO properties, which has become a growing problem.

Appraisal Institute to Study Value of 'Green'

October 9, 2012: 

The Appraisal Institute is teaming with an energy agency to asses energy efficiency and green features on the value of existing homes.

Wells Fargo Accused of 'Reckless' Lending

October 9, 2012: 

The government has filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo, alleging the nation's largest lender has participated in "reckless" lending of government-backed loans, but Wells Fargo insists it's done nothing wrong.

Shadow Inventory Drops 10%

October 9, 2012: 

Predictions that the nation's shadow inventory would rapidly rise have yet to materialize, as the shadow inventory continues to show signs of dropping.

Survey: Americans Upbeat About Housing

October 9, 2012: 

The number of Americans expecting home prices to decline reached an all-time low, according to Fannie Mae's monthly housing survey.

530 Charged for Scamming Home Owners

October 9, 2012: 

Federal investigators have charged 530 people for allegedly defrauding more than 73,000 home owners in a widespread crackdown against foreclosure scams.

NAR: Appraisals Continue to Hamper Sales

October 9, 2012: 

Problems with real estate appraisals are still delaying and even derailing home sales, a recent survey of REALTORS® shows.